Informing and Transforming
Tomorrow’s Economy

The Economic Growth Institute has provided innovative economic development programming and applied research for more than 35 years.  Through our work, we build more resilient businesses and communities, connect university innovations with small and medium-sized enterprises, and provide student learning experiences for the next generation of community and business leaders.

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Where We Engage and Assist

The Institute's focus areas include tech innovation, economic development research, and manufacturing. Our manufacturing and tech innovation work help companies go to market with a product. Our research and tech innovation work support business creation. Our research and business engagement also foster community economic development. Through all this work the Institute develops students and future leaders.

The Institute serves small and medium-sized enterprises, communities, agencies and foundations seeking to make an impact.  Our programs offer targeted services while leveraging the extensive resources of the university.

Student Opportunities

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Students who work at the institute become part of a network of business leaders, public sector leaders, consultants, and researchers. Graduating students feel prepared after working at the institute for roles in the public and private sector, at startups, consulting firms, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. 

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Recent News

U-M study explores lab-to-market successes at research universities

Reprinted from The University Record By Alex Piazza Universities and federal laboratories are the cornerstones of American innovation, developing new products that address important societal issues and drive economic growth. The University of Michigan,

Institute launches “Re-imagining companies” class in collaboration with Center for Entrepreneurship

Former research associate Nour Arafat discusses her experience in product development with class. The Economic Growth Institute launched its first course this semester teaching students the fundamentals of how to evaluate a company and

Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program Delivers Strong Results

The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) released final results demonstrating tremendous impact on business growth, innovation, and community resiliency. The Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan, along with its partners at Purdue University